Annie’s Project in Missouri is celebrating 10 years of empowering farm women to be better managers and owners of their farming operations. For past Annie’s Project students, it is a chance to reunite. For those new to Annie’s Project, this is an opportunity to learn about the program and people. Two celebration events will be taking place in early fall – a one-day seminar on August 16 in Columbia and a two-day conference on September 19-20 in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
“Throughout the course of our Annie’s Project programs we have had several women expressing the desire for a conference where they could meet other farm women from across the state,” says Mary Sobba, Agribusiness Specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. “This is another great forum for women in agriculture to get together to learn about the business of farming and network with others in like situations.”
Some of the Midwest’s top agriculture professionals will be featured at the celebration events. The August seminar will feature Dr. Ron Hanson. Dr. Hanson, Professor at the University of Nebraska, is a widely traveled national speaker who will speak on estate planning and farm business/family succession issues. The September conference will feature Jerry Crownover, Teddy Gentry, and John Baker. Jerry Crownover, beef producer and humorist, will be the Friday night keynote speaker. Teddy Gentry, vocalist and bass guitarist for the band Alabama and founder of South Poll Cattle Breed, will discuss matching cattle to your environment. John Baker, attorney and administrator of the Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, will discuss fairness vs. equality issues with on-farm and off-farm heirs. Other topics covered at the events will include the 2014 farm bill, financial statements –beyond the basics, financing your farm, market outlook, climate trends, livestock production, and crop, forage, and livestock insurance.
“We invite all Missouri farm women, whether or not they’ve participated in Annie’s Project, to these celebrations,” says Karisha Devlin, Agribusiness Specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. “We want to honor all Missouri farm women for their roles in agriculture, connect women with each other, and raise awareness of agricultural risk management.”
Registration for each event, which covers the costs of meals, breaks and conference materials, is only $35. Interested persons can find the complete program agenda and registration online at http://extension.missouri.edu/annie or by calling the University Extension Center at 573-581-3231.
The Annie’s Project 10 Year Celebration Events are partially funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency and is sponsored by Farm Credit, along with University of Missouri Extension and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).